Report: Frankie Edgar Turns Down Interim Title Fight With Jeremy Stephens, Edgar’s Manager Provides Different Story


UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega will no longer fight in the co-main event of UFC 226 due to issues surrounding the health of the champion.

According to various reports from John Morgan of MMA Junkie, Brett Okamoto of ESPN and Ariel Helwani of ESPN, a plan had started forming to have former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar face Jeremy Stephens at UFC 226 for the vacant interim featherweight title.

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An apparent hitch was Edgar himself, whom just gotten stem cell shots in his shoulder and wouldn’t be cleared in time to take the fight.




However, a tweet from Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting Edgar was ready to take the fight on a few days notice, according to Edgar’s manager in Ali Abdelaziz:


There is no word at this time as to when Hollway vs. Ortega will get re-booked or how long Holloway is expected to be out of action.

UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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